Bemidji State and U-Mary play to a 2-2 draw
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Bemidji State and U-Mary play to a 2-2 draw
BISMARCK, N.D -- The Bemidji State University women’s soccer team got a goal an assist from its leading scorer Kirsten Erickson (Sr., F, Coon Rapids, Minn.), but was unable get a victory in Bismarck, N.D. Saturday as the team settled for a 2-2 tie in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) match with the University of Mary.

Leading 2-1 in the 78th minute after Erickson netted her seventh goal of the season, the Beavers looked poised to gain their fifth victory of the season and fourth in NSIC play, but when Alex Bachman-Williams found the back of the net in the 89th minute, the Marauders would force overtime and eventually split the decision with the Beavers.

Bemidji State moved to 4-5-2 on the season and 3-2-2 in conference play.

After a scoreless first half, it was Bachman-Williams who broke the 0-0 deadlock with her first goal of the 2011 season off a corner kick from Jessica Curl in the 48th minute.

The Beavers battled back to even the score at 1-1 when Jessie Voeller (So., F/M, White Bear Lake, Minn.) took a pass from Erickson across the box and tucked her first goal of the season past the U-Mary goalkeeper Ashley Akers inside the left post.

After a brief second-half breather, Bemidji State head coach inserted Erickson back into the line up during the 76th minute and the senior would give the Beavers their first lead of the game one minute later.

With time winding down, the Marauders put on the pressure. During the final nine minutes of regulation, U-Mary out shot the Beavers 4-0.  Bachman-Williams took U-Mary’s final two shots collecting her own rebound off the crossbar to tie the game 2-2 with just 54 seconds to play.

The teams played through two 10-minute overtime periods without a score and settled for the draw.

BSU was out shot in the game 19-9, which includes a 4-2 differential in overtime.

Senior goalkeeper Abby Kjonaas (Fargo, N.D.) posted eight saves and allowed to goal in tie.  She moves to 3-4-1 on the season.

The double-overtime draw marks the Beavers’ fourth overtime game of the season.  BSU is now 2-0-2 in games extended beyond 90 minutes.

Bemidji State travels to Aberdeen, S.D. to battle Northern State University (4-8; 1-6 NSIC) tomorrow.  The NSIC match is set for a 1 p.m. start at the Wolves’ Jerde Field.